Upcoming National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Lease Sale Announced
As a part of his strategy to expand responsible and safe domestic oil production, President Obama directed the Department of the Interior to conduct annual lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve (NPR-A) while respecting sensitive areas.
BLM published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 30-day period for interested parties to nominate or comment on available tracts within the NPR-A. The deadline to receive nominations and comments on tracts for consideration was on or before July 21, 2011. The notice was the first step in the process, leading up to a December 2011 oil and gas lease sale.
BLM-Alaska Retiree Recognized as Nation’s Sustainability Hero
In 2010 Kurt Sorenson quietly retired as Glennallen Field Office’s maintenance worker. His carpentry skill can be seen in all of the field offi ce’s buildings, from the ergonomic desks to the buildings themselves. But Kurt did more than keep the buildings in top shape. His efforts made GFO more sustainable. During his 28 years with GFO, Kurt saved over $100,000 by using fuel-efficient vehicles, installing timers in lights to conserve electricity, and winterizing unused buildings. He recycled and reused everything, even scrap wood and cloth rags. What couldn’t be recycled locally, he transported 200 miles to Anchorage. He also minimized his carbon footprint by bicycling to work every day, summer and winter, even in the Copper River Basin’s subzero temperatures!
In recognition of Kurt’s outstanding achievements, he will receive the U.S. Department of the Interior National Individual Environmental Achievement Award. Winning this award makes him eligible for consideration to receive a GreenGov Presidential Award, an award to recognize federal personnel, teams, and facilities that lead sustainability by example. To learn more about Kurt’s career and award, please visit: http://www.doi.gov/greening/awards/2011/2011_BLMGlenallen.html
The Healing Waters
of the Tangle Lakes
The BLM is pleased to partner with Project Healing Waters, Fly-Fishing to host a fishing trip at the BLM Tangle Lakes Campground from August 26–28. Project Healing Waters is a national nonprofit organization that organizes fl y-fishing outings to help physically and emotionally rehabilitate wounded soldiers and veterans and their families. In addition to catching beautiful and delicious arctic grayling, participants will learn about basic fly-fishing techniques and the aquatic habitat of the scenic Tangle Lakes area. To learn more about Project Healing Waters and their fishing events visit their website at: http://www.projecthealingwaters.org
Seymour the Antelope Visits Alaska
On July 15, Anchorage was introduced to BLM’s Seymour the Antelope at the Campbell Creek Science Center by Anchorage’s own Seymour Moose. The two Seymours greeted about 70 children and their parents at the Science Center’s Moms, Pops, and Tots program. During lunch they entertained about 110 Trailside Discovery campers. “It was great to get the Seymour
cousins together for a fun family reunion and to see the children enthusiastically embrace them,” said Bud Cribley. The Seymours helped deliver the BLM’s message about the importance of being active on public lands and educated on the ecological needs of moose and pronghorn antelope, and the BLM’s role in protecting habitats for these and other wildlife.
State Director Bud Cribley and the Seymours entertain
Trailside Discovery campers during their lunch.
New 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) was formed by a Secretarial advisory committee through a nomination process which ended on August 1. The 21CSC is an organization to engage America’s youth in the stewardship and restoration of public lands and water. The group will focus on helping youth, including those from low-income and underserved backgrounds, gain work experience and training while doing conservation work. The Advisory Committee will advise the Secretary of the Interior through the Office of Youth in the Great Outdoors and meet 4-6 times annually. For more information please visit: http://youthgo.gov/employment-program/21st-century-conservation-servicecorps
BLM-Alaska Cosponsors Mine Reclamation Workshop in Fairbanks
The Biennial International Northern Latitudes Mine Reclamation workshop was held May 9-12. Topics included mining, land and urban reclamation, and restoration methods. The BLM presented information about the remedial investigation work underway at the Red Devil Mine in southwestern Alaska. The workshop brought state and federal governments, Canadian agencies, industry, consultants, Alaska Natives, northern First Nations, and Inuit groups together. Some participants toured the Pogo, True North/Fort Knox, and Usibelli mines.